The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Wed Nov 16, 2016
Elkhart, Indiana - The RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Indiana has unveiled its newest permanent exhibit celebrating the future of RVing with an interactive web-based exhibit of RVillage.com.
The exhibit was unveiled Nov. 11. The viral social networking site for RVers, RVillage, has been getting prominent attention in the RV industry over the past 24 months with now more than 53,000 users and growing quickly.
The RVillage exhibit is the newest addition to the Hall of Fame museum, allowing visitors to learn about RVillage and interact with the popular Social Networking site by watching a video, signing into the platform or even creating a free account from either of the two iPad kiosks within the exhibit. People can then virtually “Check-In” to the Hall of Fame and interact with the platform as well as connect with other RVers around them.
The exhibit is a collaborative project between the RV/MH Hall of Fame and RVillage and was also generously funded with private donations from members of the RVillage community.
“The RV/MH Hall Of Fame is excited to partner with RVillage on this new exhibit,” RV/MH Hall of Fame Director of Operations Jeff White says. “RVillage gives RVers young and old the capability of turning what was once an ordinary camping experience into an engaging social event. Their innovative idea has allowed RVers to connect with each other – not just online, but right in the RV parks and places they are currently staying in. Camping is not only about the places you go, it’s also about the people you meet along the way. We are excited to see the impact that this project will have on the RVing world.”
RVillage Founder Curtis Coleman and Director of Product Development Cameron Mills traveled to Elkhart for the exhibit opening.
“We are extremely honored and thrilled to have been invited to have a presence in the RV/MH Hall of Fame and to have had the involvement of the RVillage community in this effort”, Coleman says. “There is a very bright future in the nomadic lifestyle. With the integration of geo location technology and mobile consumers, RVers use the RVillage platform to make important connections with fellow RVers as they travel. Having this unique opportunity to introduce our platform to visitors at the museum tells a great story about the role technology will play in the future of the RV industry. We are honored to be a part of that conversation.”